And indeed, in the course of this book we are going to discuss all these topics, and also many others of equal interest. The book originated as an attempt to collect the most interesting facts and theories of modern science in such a way as to give the reader a general picture of the universe in its microscopic and macroscopic manifestations, as it presents itself to the eye of the scientist of today. In carrying out this broad plan, I have made no attempt to tell the whole story, knowing that any such attempt would inevitably result in an encyclopedia of many volumes. At the same time the subjects to be discussed have been selected so as to survey briefly the entire field of basic scientific knowledge, leaving no corner untouched. Selection of subjects according to their importance and degree of interest, rather than according to their simplicity, necessarily has resulted in a certain unevenness of presentation. Some chapters of the book are simple enough to be understood by a child, whereas others will require some little concentration and study to be completely understood.
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Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Infinity by George Gamow. Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — One, Two, Three One, Two, Three It is highbrow entertainment at its best, a teasing challenge to all who aspire to think about the universe.
He brings that ability to bear in this delightful expedition through the problems, pleasures, and puzzles of modern science. Among the topics scrutinized with the author's celebrated good humor and pedagogical prowess are the macrocosm and the microcosm, theory of numbers, relativity of space and time, entropy, genes, atomic structure, nuclear fission, and the origin of the solar system.
In the pages of this book readers grapple with such crucial matters as whether it is possible to bend space, why a rocket shrinks, the "end of the world problem," excursions into the fourth dimension, and a host of other tantalizing topics for the scientifically curious. Brimming with amusing anecdotes and provocative problems, One Two Three.
Infinity also includes over delightful pen-and-ink illustrations by the author, adding another dimension of good-natured charm to these wide-ranging explorations. Whatever your level of scientific expertise, chances are you'll derive a great deal of pleasure, stimulation, and information from this unusual and imaginative book.
It belongs in the library of anyone curious about the wonders of the scientific universe. Infinity, as in his other books, George Gamow succeeds where others fail because of his remarkable ability to combine technical accuracy, choice of material, dignity of expression, and readability. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published September 1st by Dover Publications first published More Details Original Title.
Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about One, Two, Three Infinity , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about One, Two, Three Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of One, Two, Three Infinity: Facts and Speculations of Science. May 31, Sanjay Gautam rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Laymen interested in science and maths.
There's magic in these pages. Gamow, one of the greatest physicists of 20th century, whose passion for the maths and science is communicated in this book, whether explaining the wonders of infinite series, or how to locate a hidden pirate's treasure chest using imaginary numbers.
The book explains how mathematics and science really work, in a language that a layman can understand. Some chapters of the book are simple enough to be understood by a child, whereas others require some concentration and study to be completely understood.
And he doesn't shy away from hardcore mathematics, if needed. View all 5 comments. Nov 10, Manny rated it really liked it Recommends it for: People in search of good pop science books. Recommended to Manny by: Tatiana. Shelves: history-and-biography , science , well-i-think-its-funny. Having just read this fine book, closely preceded by the equally excellent Frontiers of Astronomy , I'm beginning to feel that the 40s and 50s were not just the Golden Age of science-fiction; they may also have been the Golden Age of popular science writing, a genre which certainly is not unconnected to SF.
I have read a fair number of pop science books over the last year, and most of the modern ones are miserably unsatisfying. They are stylistically weak, the authors alternate between patron Having just read this fine book, closely preceded by the equally excellent Frontiers of Astronomy , I'm beginning to feel that the 40s and 50s were not just the Golden Age of science-fiction; they may also have been the Golden Age of popular science writing, a genre which certainly is not unconnected to SF.
They are stylistically weak, the authors alternate between patronising you and boring you with anecdotes from their dull lives, and above all the science isn't well done: they can't find good ways to explain abstract concepts in familiar terms, and they fail to distinguish between fact and speculation. Compared with these dull, pompous fantasists, George Gamow is a breath of fresh air. Despite not even being a native speaker of English, he writes better than any of them. He doesn't clutter up the narrative with stories about his personal life, and it's not exactly because he's short of material: he lived through the Russian Revolution and once tried to escape from the Soviet Union in a small boat.
And I was impressed to see how many things he got right. He was one of the first people to see that the Big Bang made sense he made large contributions to the theory , and he explains it well in the final chapter. He comes close to predicting DNA. He does a nice job of covering Relativity in semi-technical terms. And he's got lots of really pretty, original angles on all sorts of scientific and mathematical problems: visualizing the strength of the strong force, seeing the role neutrinos play in causing supernovae, getting an intuitive understanding of what a hypersphere is like.
More than 60 years after its initial publication, this is still a fun read, even if some parts have inevitably been overtaken by more recent discoveries. Check it out and see what pop science ought to be like! View all 6 comments. May 04, Ben Haley rated it it was amazing. I love laymen science and this is the best I've read. Gamow presents complex subjects with simple analogies and clever cartoons. His science, rivets like a jackhammer, pounding out universal revelations with each new page.
Infinity walks us through the worlds of nuclear physics, cosmology, biology, relativity, quantum theory, and astrophysics without skipping a beat.
We learn how to measure the height of an oil molecule in a bathtub, the rotation of our milky way with a red shif I love laymen science and this is the best I've read. We learn how to measure the height of an oil molecule in a bathtub, the rotation of our milky way with a red shift, and why everything wishes it were silver. Too often, the presentation of real science turns into an imagination's death march into a bleak world of facts and foreign vocabulary.
But Gamow keeps it light and by transcending the minutia, makes a reader that floats above it and keeps its value even now, half a decade after its first publication. It is kind of hard to "take a step back" from this book and try to approach it form the point of view of the "general reader" instead of a scientist who already has a lot of background in the things discussed here. Let's therefore not do that and see where we get.
Infinity is something like the Brief History of Time before it was cool - with a different theme and slightly less focus. Its aim is to present the reader with a quick overview of the cutting-edge science at the time It is kind of hard to "take a step back" from this book and try to approach it form the point of view of the "general reader" instead of a scientist who already has a lot of background in the things discussed here.
Its aim is to present the reader with a quick overview of the cutting-edge science at the time it was published. Now, since that happened decades ago - depending on when your edition comes from - you encounter: - the most of the things being correct, exciting and insightful. The author is a great popularizer - as his breed of scientist tends to be somehow - and takes one through both the macro- astronomy and the micro-world quantum mechanics but also bits of biology - some things being, expectedly, not quite as cutting-edge.
The claim that the Universe is older than 3B years is correct, but now we know much better. Similarly with the nature of supernovae. DNA is never once mentioned. Oct 10, J. Boo rated it really liked it Shelves: misspent-youf , maff. I am almost certain I read this when I was a kid, because I'm pretty sure I remember the bit about Hilbert's hotel. Mar 11, Michael Huang rated it it was amazing Shelves: bought. A fascinating book written in the s that is surprisingly modern sounding.
It has nice explanations of some math, physics, and biology knowledge. For instance, stellar nuclear fusion was explained more clearly than any other pop-sci book I have read. It does show its age by mentioning that 4-color problem hasn't been proven and no rocket can escape from earth's gravity. But still, very clearly written and a pleasure to read. Apr 24, Eric S rated it really liked it. This book is a great read for anyone wanting a "popular" book on science.
I would rate this a 5 but it is quite dated and so a number of the subjects have moved on since the original writing.
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